Digital natives? New and old media and children's outcomes.

Bittman, Michael, Rutherford, Leonie, Brown, Jude and Unsworth, Len 2011, Digital natives? New and old media and children's outcomes., Australian journal of education, vol. 55, no. 2, pp. 161-175.

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Title Digital natives? New and old media and children's outcomes.
Author(s) Bittman, Michael
Rutherford, Leonie
Brown, Jude
Unsworth, Len
Journal name Australian journal of education
Volume number 55
Issue number 2
Start page 161
End page 175
Total pages 15
Publisher Australian Council for Educational Research
Place of publication Camberwell, Vic.
Publication date 2011-11
ISSN 0004-9441
2050-5884
Summary The current generation of young children has been described as 'digital natives', having been born into a ubiquitous digital media environment. They are envisaged as educationally independent of the guided interaction provided by 'digital immigrants': parents and teachers. This article uses data from the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC) to study the development of vocabulary and traditional literacy in children aged from 0 to 8 years; their access to digital devices; parental mediation practices; children's use of digital devices as recorded in time-diaries; and, finally, the association between patterns of media use and family contexts on children's learning. The analysis shows the importance of the parental context in framing media use for acquiring vocabulary, and suggests that computer (but not games) use is associated with more developed language skills. Independently of these factors, raw exposure to television is not harmful to learning.
Language eng
Field of Research 200101 Communication Studies
Socio Economic Objective 930199 Learner and Learning not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2011
Copyright notice ©2011, Australian Council for Educational Research
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30040184

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Communication and Creative Arts
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